(2015)

Critic Reviews

55

Metascore

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80
The New York Times
Mr. Morelli mixes live-action and animated scenes to good effect. He doesn't have time to give his characters depth, but there's pleasure in figuring out how they connect and pondering the movie's modest themes.
70
Is there a point to all these cheeky meta-shenanigans? Not really. Yet it's hard not to share Morelli's delight in the possibilities of an impossible story structure, and if the final work feels inevitably uneven, that's less a flaw than a feature - a testament to the visual and tonal distinctiveness of the movie's individual parts.
63
Though Zoom skillfully weaves together animation and live action, I was not stoned when I watched it, and I'm not a fan of plot-plot-plot. So it left me meh.
60
Director Pedro Morelli's neon-and-grime aesthetic and a solid cast of mostly Canadian character actors (including a campy, animated Don McKellar and a creepy Michael Eklund) are the grounding factors.
60
Morelli and tyro scribe Matt Hansen unpack this Charlie Kaufman-lite premise with more cleverness than wit, struggling particularly to find the right racy tone for various erotic interludes - but the part-toon pic's neatly collapsing structure and pop-art flourishes ensure it's never dull.
60
There's no way for all this to resolve that isn't fairly absurd. But Morelli's light touch generally keeps the goofiness from becoming tiresome, especially given the help of some quirktronica compositions by Kid Koala on the soundtrack.
50
The Playlist
There is an interesting film buried in Zoom, and it's one to seek out if you're a fan of more daring visual choices in film. It's just a shame that the script couldn't have matched the direction and visuals in its intriguing approach to world building.
12
A rather terrible comedy-satire, bears the DNA of at least two strains of terrible films.

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